Students will have the opportunity to learn techniques for creating a stained glass panel. Instruction includes design, cutting, foiling, and soldering. Stress-free, excellent instruction with beautiful results!
$135 DCA Member – /$180 Non-Members Material fee of $100 is due at beginning of class. Size of project is dependent on space available.
Tuesdays (4:00pm-6:00pm) & (6:00pm-8:00pm)
January 10th – March 14th | 10 weeks
True beginners will see the progress they can make with even one class with Diana. Students will learn which brush to use, the proper water to paint ratio, how to set up a palette, how to mix colors, and whether to use wet on wet or wet on dry techniques. Students will experiment with several techniques and produce a finished painting. No experience is needed! A list of materials will be available upon registering for the class.
$90.00 DCA Member – $135.00 Non-Member
Learn the basics of pottery, experience the feel of the clay moving through your fingers, learn new techniques, have fun, and make friends. Basic techniques for centering the clay and throwing cylinders and cups will be demonstrated and practiced in this 6-week ceramic class. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay and the use of specialty tools needed during class. Please dress casually, it’s a dirty business and bring an apron and towel. Clay tools are available or bring your own tools. Bisque firing is included. This class is a carefully scheduled, short, skill-based, intensive learning course, please consider taking it another time if you will not be available for all 6 classes. Missed classes cannot be made up. This class will be followed by a Glazing & Firing Class in March.
$165.00 DCA Members – $195.00 Non-Members
Next step wheel is a continuation of intro to wheel throwing and a class for anyone wanting to advance their skill in ceramics. Basic experience on the wheel is required. The class meets for 3 hours once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. Whatever level of skillset you are working with the instructor will be able to assist you.
Students will have the availability of open studio hours to practice and make pieces outside of the regular class time.
$175 Members, $205 Non-members
March 21-April 25
Class for Middle schoolers through High Schoolers. Learn how to observe and draw objects from life, in a realistic style. The instructor will provide exercises for a step-by-step approach to learning observational drawing. Working in pencil and charcoal, students will learn skills for creating a successful basic drawing. Open to ages 13 and up. Students will be taught the following: How to make accurate contour line drawings of objects, How to identify forms and shapes, How to understand the importance of object relationships, How to establish scale and other relationships between objects. Materials list available upon registration.
$95 Members $115 Non-members
A class for beginning painters and experienced painters who want to explore creative approaches to design. The first three classes will focus on designing several compositions using contour line. Student designs will become a practice sheet for exploring various watercolor techniques, including graded wash, layered wash, wet into wet painting, application of texture, and use of white intervals. Class work will begin with studies based on still life setups and emphasize bold but simple drawing exercises. After initial exploration in applying wash techniques, students can interpret photo references of interest, continuing to explore brush application to practice the use of both hard and soft edges to create dimensional effects. Classwork and homework exercises will also explore color theory using a limited palette. Beginners can enjoy this class for the fun of learning what watercolor can achieve with bold and expressive application. Experienced artists might enjoy revisiting classic techniques to work with painting themes, emphasizing bold color and design. Materials list provided by the instructor. Minimum 4 students – Maximum 8 students.
$90 DCA Members, $135 Non-Members
Learning about the medium of watercolor and how to handle its beauty. You will be introduced to this magical medium and how to approach different subject matters allowing you to express your feelings through the process of painting.
Aprendiendo sobre el medio de la acuarela y cmo manejar su belleza. Se le presentara este medio mágico y como abordar diferentes temas que le permitirán expresar sus sentimientos a través del proceso de pintar.
5 Minimum students and Maximum 15.
$90.00 – $135.00 Material List to be sent to students.
Students will carve a decoy using a knife or more advanced students will power carve in the Ward-style. All decoys are completed with paint. A $75 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the first class for the wood, eyes, and paint for the project. A list of additional supplies and power tools are available.
$150 DCA Members, $185 Non-members. Materials cost – $75, payable to instructor at 1st class
Fridays (1:00pm – 4:00pm)
Think of painting backward on a sheet of plastic, then transferring the image to paper. It’s always a wonderful surprise to see what you get. Sheryl will demonstrate and teach the basics of several methods of making monotypes. Beginners welcome.
$55 DCA Members – $95 Non-Members | Materials fee of $10 for inks, papers, and use of tools. Payable to Sheryl at the workshop.
2 mornings Thursdays 11:00am – 1:30pm
This workshop explores the effects of tearing, cutting and gluing mulberry paper for collages. The paper itself is enticing in its varied textures and colors.
$30 DCA Members, $70 Non-Members each class | Materials fee of $10 for a pack of mulberry paper, a glue stick and a surface on which to build a collage.
Last Thursdays of the month 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Carve a linoleum block and make relief prints. Sheryl will demonstrate and teach the basics of linoblock printing which enables you to make many prints from one block. $15 materials fee paid to instructor at beginning of class.
$55 members $95 non-members Minimum 5 students for each class.
2 evenings Thursdays 5:00-7:30
Workshop 1: February 9th, February 16th | Workshop 2: March 9th, March 16th
This class explores watercolor techniques including wet on wet and use of drawing gum. Students will practice learning different triad palette combinations and pulling and glazing
watercolors using personal photographs and still life as inspiration. Use of gouache and egg tempera is acceptable. Painting experience is a must. Students work at their own pace with critique and suggestions. Still life often provided along with painting from instructors’ photos or students’ own. Demonstrations and assistance will be provided by the instructor.
$90 DCA Members – $135 Non-members
The Workshops that are being offered can be found HERE. Find the complete winter program catalog HERE.
DCA is committed to providing students of all ages and levels with the opportunity to advance their skills in an informal, yet structured studio environment.
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**Supply lists for classes may be obtained from the Dorchester Center for the Arts. We recommend that you order your supplies at least ten (10) days prior to the first class. Shop at Dick Blick or go to smile.amazon.com and enter Dorchester Center for the Arts as your supported charity. DCA will receive a donation from your purchase price at both of these sites! For more information call the Center at (410) 228-7782.